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U.S. abstains from UN vote against Cuba embargo

U.S. abstains from UN vote against Cuba embargo

The U.S. has for the first time abstained from voting against an annual UN resolution calling for an end to its economic embargo against Cuba. The final tally was 191-0, with the U.S. and Israel abstaining.




Russian expert: No way Russia will reopen a listening post in Cuba

Russian expert: No way Russia will reopen a listening post in Cuba

Recent talk about Russia reopening its Cold War listening post in Cuba is just idle talk, a Russian military expert said last week. The Kremlin can’t afford it, he hinted. Russian President Vladimir Putin had said in summer of 2014 that the Kremlin had no plans to reopen the Lourdes center.




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Global Links accepting financial donations to support Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts

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Cubans in Finland take first step to appeal sentences

Cubans in Finland take first step to appeal sentences

Lawyers for the five convicted Cuban volleyball players announced that their clients were dissatisfied with the Pirkanmaa District Court’s ruling which indicates that an appeal is forthcoming in the Finnish rape case.




Japan then China take a trip to Cuba

Japan then China take a trip to Cuba

The prime minister of Japan is visiting Cuba and China will follow that up in the next few days to talk about trade and investment. The two countries hope to gain a foothold in a market that is still off-limits to U.S. companies.




Iranian president visits Havana, urges enhanced Iran-Cuba trade ties

Iranian president visits Havana, urges enhanced Iran-Cuba trade ties

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Havana on Monday and was officially welcomed by President Raul Castro at Havana’s Palace of the Revolution. He stressed the need for the promotion of all-out relations between the Islamic Republic and Cuba, particularly trade ties.




Five of six Cuban volleyball players found guilty of rape in Finland

Five of six Cuban volleyball players found guilty of rape in Finland

Five of six members of Cuba’s national volleyball team, who were arrested in July under a charge of rape, were found guilty and sentenced Tuesday to terms of up to five years in prison.




Amid secrecy, one Cuban defendant in rape trial in Finland is freed (Updated)

Amid secrecy, one Cuban defendant in rape trial in Finland is freed (Updated)

Cuban volleyball player Dariel Albo Miranda was released from detention in Tampere, Finland, on Wednesday during a trial for him and five colleagues for the alleged rape of a Finnish woman last month.




News blackout shrouds trial in Finland for 6 Cuban athletes

News blackout shrouds trial in Finland for 6 Cuban athletes

The trial of six Cuban athletes accused of raping a Finnish woman began Monday in the Pirkanmaa District Court, in the city of Tampere, northwest of Helsinki. The men are all members of the Cuba’s national volleyball team.




Trial is set in Finland for 6 Cuban athletes charged with rape (Update)

Trial is set in Finland for 6 Cuban athletes charged with rape (Update)

An oral trial closed to the press will be held next week in Finland in the case of six Cuban athletes detained there in early July. The six Cubans have been charged with aggravated rape. All have denied the charge.




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